Following a two-and-a half-year battle, HSR partner Dan Stormer and associate Lincoln Ellis, along with Co-Counsel, reached a $2.45 million settlement with the City of Los Angeles. The payout resolves a class action suit of approximately 300 protestors, journalists, and bystanders who were arrested at the Occupy L.A. encampment at Los Angeles City Hall on November 29, 2011. Following their arrest the protestors were subject to unconstitutional detainee practices, such as being restrained for over six hours without bathroom facilities, food, or water, and held in custody for a longer period of time than is allowed for the misdemeanors they were charged with.
The recently filed suit for civil rights violations and malicious prosecution on behalf of LA CAN against the LAPD has been gaining more coverage:
Anne Richardson and Cindy Panuco of HSRR joined Olu Orange of Orange Law Offices Tuesday to give a press conference announcing developments in the case of Rodriguez v. City of Los Angeles, et al. Rulings granting a motion for class certification and a motion for a preliminary injunction were issued last Friday, February 15, 2013.
Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP filed an appeal on January 22, 2013 challenging the convictions of the ten Irvine and Riverside students found guilty in 2011 of disturbing a public meeting. Section 403 of California's penal code makes it illegal to "willfully disturb or break up any assembly or meeting that is not unlawful in its character." The opening brief argues that the students' convictions are an unconstitutional violation of their right to free speech.
In 2010, HSRR's Dan Stormer argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that NASA's background checks of scientists (employees of government contractors) were unnecessarily invasive and violated their privacy rights. The scientists who filed suit against NASA in 2007 feared that highly sensitive and private personal data about them could be compromised. Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the scientists, the private personal data obtained by the U.S. Government in background checks was stolen from a government employee's car on Halloween. The serious breach has received extensive coverage.
Today, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, announced the settlement of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The settlement is a tremendous victory for the people who live near the proposed stadium, most of whom are working class people of color. The agreement includes a $15 million Housing Trust Fund which will create affordable housing units in Pico-Union, South L.A. and Downtown Los Angeles. Plaintiffs also secured commitments on a wide range of other community benefits and measures, including air quality improvement projects, improvements serving bus riders, additional parks and open space, neighborhood improvement plans, a living wage for employees, the hiring of disadvantaged workers and a community team to promote health in the surrounding area.
On October 24, 2012, Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department on behalf of Bruce Faraon. Mr. Faraon, a 40 year old man who was born and raised in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, was brutally assaulted by the LAPD while walking home from work and then held in jail for five days despite his innocence. The attack took place in broad daylight front of Mr. Faraon's home and was witnessed, and videotaped, by Mr. Faraon's mother, friends and neighbors. The officers repeatedly struck Mr. Faraon in the face and body, tackled him to the ground, chocked him until he couldn't breathe and threatened to shoot him. Charges against Mr. Faraon for resisting arrest were dropped.
Today, Dan Stormer and Josh Piovia-Scott of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The lawsuit, which has enormous constitutional and environmental consequences for the citizens and state of California, targets California State Senate Bill 292 as representing an unnecessary and unfair attack on the community protections provided by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A project of this size will have substantial environmental and other health impacts on surrounding communities, most of which are working class communities of color, and a robust and constitutionally valid process is crucial to protecting community health. See the extensive news coverage of the case here: